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February 2017

Posted Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 

Carrollton and St. Hugh Catholic Church have enjoyed a close relationship for over a half century. Both were founded within a year of each other and St. Hugh has served as Carrollton’s spiritual center ever since. Liturgies, First Communion and Graduation ceremonies are among the indelible memories that the Carrollton community has forged there and holds dear through generations.

We are blessed to be able to share in the parish’s many offerings, including the beautifully staged St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series. This year marks the fifth season presenting classical music at the acoustically wonderful church. We encourage our Carrollton community to attend these cultural events which bring to our doorstep renowned artists and performances.

St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series.


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Posted Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 


This week the 6th grade participated in a hands-on STEM activity which involved assembling bicycles for Carrollton's future community bike share program. Students learned how to use and properly select a socket & ratchet set, screw drivers, Allen wrenches (hex keys), and an air compressor. Teams of four collaborated on the best way to inflate the tires and assemble the front wheel, fenders, steering tube, handlebars, reflectors, pedals, seat, and seat post. During the process, bolts and washers were dropped, the first or second socket selected didn't always fit, and some parts had to be removed and reinstalled correctly, but the students' enthusiasm never wavered. The project bolstered their sense of self-efficacy and growth mindset, and left the teams yearning for the next challenge.

Carrollton is most grateful to long-time current mother, Kim Manna, and Panama Jack for the gift to the school of 16 bikes to use in this wellness initiative.

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Posted Monday, Feb 6, 2017 

Felecia Hatcher guest moderated a student panel discussion on “Black Women in America” 

On February 6th, the High School Black Student Union Club welcomed globally sought after speaker, author, and White House award winning entrepreneur, Felecia Hatcher, to kick off a week of activities in honor of Black History Month. As the founder of Code Fever and Black Tech Week, Ms. Hatcher has spearheaded the inclusive innovation and startup movement within the Miami Startup ecosystem, through a focus on getting marginalized groups to become major players in the innovation economy.

Club members, Seniors Kaela Makins, Kint'isa Hallmon, Meagan Hepburn and Tatyana Minnis served as the student panel. Topics included discussion on the different worlds we all inhabit as members of a diverse community. Concrete examples were brought up on how all our experiences can be brought back to our school world and be both shared and learned from.  

Ms. Hatcher has been honored at the White House as one of the Empact Top 100 Entrepreneurs under 30 in 2011, and honored as a 2014 White House Champion of Change for STEM Access and Diversity, Featured on the NBC Today Show, MSNBC, Grio’s 100 African American’s Making History, a TEDxMiami and TedxJamaica Presenter and featured on the Cooking Channel, Inc Magazine, Wall Street Journal Japan, Forbes Travel, Entrepreneur, Ebony, Vibe, Essence Magazine and Black Enterprise. 

Ms. Hatcher's fifth and upcoming book titled FAILURE your greatest Success Story is eagerly anticipated. We are most grateful to the Black Student Union for securing such an inspiring and interesting speaker.

left to right, Kaela Makins, Tatyana Minnis, Felecia Hatcher, Kint'isa Hallmon, Meagan Hepburn.  Kaela Makins '17 introduces Ms. Felecia Hatcher to the HS  Ms. Hatcher engages the students in dialogue

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Posted Friday, Feb 3, 2017 

This past weekend Carrollton had the most joyous of celebrations in commemoration of the 55th year since the founding of the school. The weekend began with a high octane evening on Friday as hundreds of guests mingled, sipped, dined, and boogied the night away. The evening was co-chaired by Ricardo Sarria and his wife, Mercy, Carrollton Class of 2000. They and their committee secured multiple sponsorships, in-kind supporters and benefactors, in addition to a lovely array of silent auction items and raffle prize. It was a made-in-Miami evening with the magical backdrop of the magnificent El Jardin. View Gallery of photos.

On Saturday evening hundreds of alumnae came together to honor the 50th anniversary of the class of 1967, as well as the other reunion years ending in years 2 and 7. Catered by Carrollton alumna Lourdes Leon Mena ‘66, the evening was one continuous and joyful embrace among those who have not seen each other in years. Cell phones flashed non-stop and alumnae did their best to reenact their graduation class photos currently in view in Founders Library. View Gallery of Photos. The alumnae were treated to a wonderful art exhibit in the Barry Building’s Jay Weiss Art Gallery that showcased the students’ amazing artwork.

Sunday was a testament to school spirit, camaraderie and cheerful attitudes. The weather turned cold and soggy with a non-stop drizzle that did not dampen spirits. Several hundred members of the community, including the 1967 graduates, attended a Liturgy of Thanksgiving with Father Bob Vallee as the celebrant and the liturgical choir singing. The Family Fun Day followed undeterred by the weather. The Parent Council planned and spearheaded various activities ranging from a petting zoo to a dance party, from arts & crafts to photo and karaoke booths. View Gallery of Photos. The Campus Spirit Store, an alumnae initiative run by Pilar Cendoya Alvarez-Mena ‘77, was a runaway success logging their biggest sale day ever. The Carrollton spirit was everywhere in evidence, a fitting end to a great anniversary celebration.

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Posted Friday, Feb 3, 2017 

During this first week of February, Carrollton celebrated Catholic Schools Week, the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States since 1974. “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service” was the theme. 

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen spoke on the House floor in Washington, D.C. this week in recognition of Catholic Schools Week and mentioned Carrollton as one of the essential Catholic institutions serving the South Florida area. She congratulated and thanked the faculty, staff and administrators for their dedication to instill moral values, faith, and provide an excellent education in preparation for future generations to serve their community.

In the Montessori and Primary there was a special focus on the life of St. Theresa of Calcutta. There were different activities throughout the week and on Friday, February 3 all the Montessori and Primary students were told they could dress down in the colors of Mother Teresa which are blue and white.

The Intermediate community ended the week’s activities with a mass, while the Junior High community observed the week with prayerful assemblies, class reflections and a special activity with their little sisters in the Primary School. On Thursday, Fr. Vallee celebrated mass with the Junior High community and the week culminated with the eighth grade retreat on Friday.

The High School Campus Ministry teams met with the seventh grade Religion Classes to teach and share the empowerment of service. Beyond journal reflections and Espacio, the High School students, in partnership with their mothers, were encouraged to articulate how they express and prefer to receive an outpouring of love.  Through this examination of our love language, mothers and daughters grew in wisdom and insight recognizing  that through this very special bond we as women come to experience God’s love and grow in our understanding of the Blessed Mother 

This year's theme clearly resonated in our community of adults and students as it is so clearly aligned with the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education which educate; to a personal and active faith in God; to a deep respect for intellectual values; to a social awareness which impels to action.


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